Rocky’s promotes HR executive

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware promoted Karen Gravelin to the position of VP corporate administration.

Gravelin, 56, joined Rocky’s Ace Hardware in September 2011 as director of human resources. In her new role, Gravelin will be responsible for information technology, organizational development and training in addition to human resources, payroll and benefits.

Rocco Falcone said: "We are very pleased to be able to promote from within the organization a talented individual with such a diverse background who is also a longtime member of our local community."

That background includes experience as chief operating officer of the law firm of Robinson Donovan, P.C. of Springfield, and also various positions within the LEGO Group. 

Rocky’s Ace Hardware, headquartered in Springfield, operates 33 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Florida.